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Public Health Orders

All departments that are not considered essential will be working from home or on an as needed/on call basis as directed below in section 2 and 3 of the order.

(2) All businesses, except those entities identified as “essential businesses”, are hereby directed to reduce the in-person workforce at each business or business location by 100%. “Essential businesses” may remain open provided they minimize their operations and staff to the greatest extent possible. Further, all essential businesses shall, to the greatest extent possible, adhere to social distancing protocol and maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, avoid person-to-person contact, and direct employees to wash their hands frequently. Further, all essential businesses shall ensure that all surfaces are cleaned routinely.

(3) This Order only requires the closure of physical office spaces, retail spaces, or other public spaces of a business and does not otherwise restrict the conduct of business operations through telecommuting or otherwise working from home in which an employee only interacts with clients or customers remotely.

The following departments are considered essential and will be working to ensure continuity in services:
• Airport,
• Cemetery (on an as needed basis),
• Community Development,
• Courts (twice per week)
• Finance,
• Lab,
• Sanitation,
• Seniors,
• Water, and
• Wastewater.

Essential departments (with the exception of PD and EMS) will ensure that no more than 5 people are present to ensure that we comply with the mass gatherings part of the executive order as directed below.

“Mass gathering” means any public or private gathering that brings together five (5) or more individuals in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space or an open outdoor space where individuals are within six (6) feet of each other, but does not include the presence of five (5) or more individuals where those individuals regularly reside. “Mass gathering” does not include “individuals” congregated in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship.

(1) All Mass Gatherings are hereby prohibited under the powers and authority set forth in the New Mexico Public Health Act, and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.

You can find the most recent Public Health Notice here:…/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-DOH-Orde…

I really appreciate all of you, and we will get through this pandemic one day at a time. We can all lead from the sideline.

Thank You,
Britt M. Lusk
City Manager